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Johnson hoping to jumpstart energy grid construction

Published 05/14/2009, The Daily Republic

The U.S. Senate Energy Committee spent Wednesday considering legislation that would jumpstart the construction of highvoltage electricity transmission lines, a move that Sen. Tim Johnson says is needed for South Dakota to realize its renewable energy potential.
Johnson, during a conference call with the media Wednesday morning, said his focus is to ensure that the country has a 21st century electric superhighway. When such a system is in place, South Dakota will benefit because of its vast wind-energy potential, he said.

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